Opinion

Social media has become an important tool for many, but there is a disturbing trend that turns a lot of people off about it, and that is the anonymity and immediacy of the medium. People sometimes put whatever unfiltered thoughts enter their mind immediately onto social media, without thinking. A...
If you are a longtime resident of Montgomery and subscriber to the Montgomery Messenger, the name Marlene Kolars will be familiar to you. Marlene worked at the Montgomery Messenger for more than 15 years before passing away on October 1, 2007.    Her columns were called “Easy Reading” and were very...
August is nearly done and for me the month marks when I began working for The New Prague Times 19 years ago. I was 31 years old and in my first month at The Times I was part of two sections, the previews for New Prague High School’s fall sports and Dozinky, the city’s Czech harvest festival. Add to...
The filing period for local offices concluded last week, and with a flurry of last-minute filings, nearly every local office on the November ballot will have at least one candidate. The lone exception is the township clerk position in Lanesburgh Township, a position that is currenlty held by an...
As it has in many small towns, baseball has been a shared pastime for generations in New Prague. This year, New Prague is one of the hosts of the State Amateur Baseball Tournament. A lot of time and money was invested over the past four years into improving the city’s ballpark in Memorial Park to...
“Free Press, Free People” Each year when attending the Minnesota Newspaper Association Convention, this slogan stands out. It is part of the association’s seal, it is on the sign behind the speaker’s podium and it is part of the mission of the member newspapers. Thomas Jefferson once said “...
As my friend Tim Kinniry said a couple of weeks ago when I interviewed him for a story, "Cancer, I hate that word!" I can acknowledge his hatred for the disease which can ruin the lives of anyone. Fortunately, I have now lived through two bouts of this disease, the most recent was over the course...
Minnesota’s primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 14. This week’s paper includes a story on the upcoming election, including a list of races on the ballot, a list of polling places, and information about early (absentee) voting.   The primary election this year includes big...
It won’t be long and we’ll be entering that busy time when summer is winding down. Families are getting their last trips in before parents prepare their children for school or fall sports. Plus the State Fair is getting closer where 4-H members will have their livestock or other projects on...
My crew of four headed north to a family cabin over the weekend. Fun, right? Spending time with family at a beautiful lake in the summertime is always good. I enjoy being there, but getting there is a different issue. First, comes the packing. I hate packing. Hate. It. My stomach lurches and my...

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